Yarmuth's Unexpected Challenge (9/9/10) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Yarmuth's Unexpected Challenge (9/9/10)

What on earth could be happening in Kentucky's 3rd District Congressional race between John Yarmuth and Todd Lally? 

By all rights, Yarmuth should be a prohibitive favorite to win re-election to his third term. He's smart, personable, well-financed and has the huge advantage of strong support from the Courier-Journal. Meanwhile, Lally is inexperienced, under-funded and is virtually ignored by the state's largest newspaper. 

So how is it possible that the C-J's own poll shows the two candidates virtually even at this point? 

The only possible answer is that – despite all Yarmuth's advantages – enough people have finally become so turned off by his Nancy Pelosi-style liberal politics that they're ready to support any alternative – even one they know little about. Because Yarmuth's unswerving commitment to ever bigger and more intrusive government is so out of step with the very different direction the public is demanding from its public officials, he runs the real risk of losing not because voters know so much about his opponent, but because they know too much about him. 

Personally, I really like almost everything about John Yarmuth – except his politics. But politics trumps all else in November. 

Counting him out at this point would certainly be premature. But when even the Courier-Journal's best efforts can't hand an incumbent with his advantages an easy victory over a virtual unknown, you know the public is desperate for change. 

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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